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House votes to end country limits for skilled workers seeking green cards

Published: Nov 30, 2011 10:00 am

The Associated Press reports that yesterday The House of Representatives voted 389-15 to end per-country caps on worker-based immigration visas, and changed family-based visa limits from 7 percent per country to 15 percent per country.

On the employment side this would eliminate the requirement that one country can’t exceed 7 percent of the total number of employment-based visas, changing it to a first-come, first-served basis.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to aggressively move this through the Senate. It will be very interesting to see if it survives a filibuster.

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